Thursday, May 3, 2012
Among Friends Thursday--Jennifer's Spicy Chicken Casserole
Busy week at my little Diner! Having been at an educator convention for the past two days, I have barely seen home. My boys are in finals week. I am preparing for my Pearson's graduation, and of course, I have to have my house all clean and ready for company this weekend. I am in the midst of an incredibly exciting business opportunity--teaching related, not more food. I am completely happy with my team on Low Carbing Among Friends. Jen and Ian are the best, and they make the cookbook biz easy for us. I am getting very excited to see the next version. My recipes are all done and ready for Jennifer's expert editing. I will always be a low carb cook and I love new recipes!
My youngest son, his bride to be, and some dear friends and I are starting up a new alternative school program for kids who don't thrive in a large classroom setting. Teaching to different learning styles is really my calling, and I am so excited to see my dream coming together. We got our start up funding last night. Whew! I am entering new territory here, so this is still amazing. I am sure I will be telling you more in future posts. As busy as I will be, I will need my Diner system all the more!
Today is devoted to house cleaning and a little cooking. Good thing, that Thursday is my Among Friends day. This day, we are taking advantage of the chicken cubes I talk about in the Diner e-book. When these are waiting in the freezer, casseroles are a snap to throw together. Jennifer's recipe works great with frozen chicken cubes. Because my husband, as you know by now, doesn't do too spicy, I left out the jalapenos, and add just 1/4 tsp of jalapeno powder. I found that at a local gourmet shop. More about that on another post. I am having fun playing around with some things I found there. I had never thought to combine green beans and jalapenos in a casserole, but believe me, it works.
This casserole is creamy, with sour cream and mayo, with just that little extra bite. Yum. I saved a step from Jennifer's recipe by using my Wilton Armatale casserole dish. Love this stuff because I was able to saute the onions directly in the pan I used to bake in. Jen calls for a larger casserole dish, but this fit fine, and it is really pretty too. It is on page 35 of the Low Carbing Among Friends Cookbook. Order yours if you haven't got one yet.